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Moon orders speedy work to create special anti-corruption investigation unit

All News 14:40 January 07, 2020

SEOUL, Jan. 7 (Yonhap) -- President Moon Jae-in instructed the Cabinet on Tuesday to quickly gear up to launch a non-prosecution agency tasked with looking into corruption by high-ranking government officials.

He issued the call at Cheong Wa Dae while presiding over the first Cabinet meeting of 2020, in which the promulgation of related legislation was approved, according to the presidential office's deputy spokesman, Han Jung-woo.

Late last year, the National Assembly passed a bill to establish the body despite ferocious protests by the main opposition party, the conservative Liberty Korea Party.

The envisioned agency would be armed with the authority to probe high-profile corruption scandals and the right to indict state prosecutors, judges and senior police officers.

This would break the prosecution's decadeslong monopoly over the right to indict.

The measure is aimed at reforming the prosecution, as it is accused of wielding excessive power and being subject to political influence. The core measure was one of Moon's top presidential campaign pledges.

The unit is expected to be established as early as June.

With the relevant legislation to take effect in half a year, the authorities are pressed for time to prepare for its creation, Moon was quoted as saying.

He called for speedy and complete preparations, Han said.

The Cabinet also endorsed the proclamation of legislation on electoral reform, which would expand the proportional representation system to elect new lawmakers.

President Moon Jae-in (C) walks towards a Cheong Wa Dae room in Seoul to attend a Cabinet meeting on Jan. 7, 2020. (Yonhap)


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